Chicago Man Charged in Stabbing at Mag Mile Hotel

Dr. Mir Shah was attacked in a hotel bathroom after he and his family attended the Mag Mile Lights Festival

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    Jimmy Harris, 56, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, unlawful restraint and two counts of aggravated battery. Harris is accused of attacking 67-year-old Dr. Mir Shah inside a bathroom at the Westin Hotel. (Published Monday, Nov 19, 2012)

    A Chicago man has been charged in connection with a stabbing Saturday night on Michigan Avenue that left a doctor seriously injured.

    Jimmy Harris, 56, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, unlawful restraint and two counts of aggravated battery. Harris is accused of attacking 67-year-old Dr. Mir Shah inside a bathroom at the Westin Hotel.

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    Dr. Shah, a radiation oncologist, and his family had attended the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival when police said they went to "The Grill" restaurant inside the hotel.

    Shah's family said they had just been seated for dinner when he excused himself to use the restroom. Police said that's when the assailant apparently made his move.

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    Shah was punched and stabbed, and when a bartender attempted to aid the doctor, the assailant turned on him and cut him too. Shah's family said they found him with a bruised face and bloody wound in his neck.

    "This was an enjoyable night out for the family turned horribly tragic - but it could have been much much worse," the doctor's family said in a statement.

    "The family would like to thank the Chicago PD - particularly noting their responsiveness, empathy and dedication - also Northwestern hospital and Westin employees, the doctors and nurses, first-responders and especially the good Samaritans in helping to make this miracle happen," they said.

    Both Shah and the bartender were taken to Northwestern Hospital to be treated. Shah had surgery Sunday morning and is expected to fully recover. The bartender received some stitches.

    Harris is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.